Shout Factory has officially announced and detailed Herzog: The Collection. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc Blu-ray box set features 16 acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. The release will be available for purchase on July 29th.
Herzog: The Collection also features a 40 page booklet that includes photos, an essay by award-winning author Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog scholars Brad Prager and Chris Wahl. Bonus features include English and German audio commentaries, the documentaries Herzog in Africa and Portrait: Werner Herzog, interviews and original theatrical trailers.
Herzog has taken his camera to parts of the world no other director would dare go, and told stories in ways previously unconsidered. These sixteen masterpieces, which blur the line between "fiction" and "documentary," illustrate why Werner Herzog is the most intrepid, creative, and dangerous filmmaker of our lifetime.
BOX SET CONTENT:
Even Dwarfs Started Small
Land of Silence and Darkness
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Heart of Glass
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Ballad of the Little Soldier
Where the Green Ants Dream
Lessons of Darkness
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
My Best Fiend
English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Strozek and Cobra Verde.
German Audio commentaries: Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Where the Green Ants Dream.
In Conversation - Werner Herzog and Laurens Straub (in German with English Subtitles)
BFI's announcement blew my mind, but I hate buying region B blu-rays (the region-free player I bought sucks) so I've been desperate to know what (if anything) Shout was gonna do. This is fantastic!
But wait! The films aren't the same! It's missing most of the shorts off the BFI set!
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (14 min), Last Words (13 min), Precautions Against Fanatics (12 min), Handicapped Future (62 min), The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (45 min), How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (44 min), Huieís Sermon (43 min), Godís Angry Man (46 min)
I was excited to explore all of those, since I've only seen a couple. So that's disappointing. BFI also has Burden of Dreams...
BUT! This set has several FEATURE-LENGTH films, that the BFI set doesn't!
Even Dwarfs Started Small, Where the Green Ants Dream, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, My Best Fiend
I'm especially excited about WTGAD, cause it's excellent and the only one of those I don't have on DVD, and Lessons of Darkness because it's probably Herzog's most visually stunning movie and that'll be fantastic on blu-ray. This set also has, exclusive, the 46-minute Ballad of the Little Soldier, which I haven't seen, so that's exciting.
Overall I think this is the better set! I MIGHT have to buy the UK one by and by for those shorts... But THIS is definitely to be my favourite item in my blu-ray collection. AMAZING! Thanks, Shout!!!
Oh no, I need to save some money! The only disappointing thing is that Shout! didn't get the rights to the old New Yorker releases like SIGNS OF LIFE and LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (who's dragging their feet on those?), but I'm very pleasantly surprised that WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM is part of this!
This article makes it seem like NOSFERATU only has the German commentary, but the listing on Shout! Factory's website lists a separate track with just Herzog that I assume is in English. Does anyone know for sure if they licensed the Anchor Bay commentaries for all of these films?
Argh...shame we can't have consistent releases. After a quick side-by-side, I'm sticking with my BFI pre-order. It has more of the stuff missing from my collection (the short films), and is nearly half the price. 2014 is pretty much a win-win for English-speaking Herzog fans, though.
I was wondering about the NOSFERATU commentary also, since there's one with Norman Hill on the Anchor Bay DVD that's not mentioned on the specs.
I imagine all of the eight English commentaries are those commentaries, since every one mentioned was with Norman Hill on the old Anchor Bay DVDs. So yes, it's odd to me if NOSFERATU doesn't have the aforementioned track on it also.
It's cool that the few German commentaries ideally got ported over. Haven't done a subtitled one in a long time, but I'm game since they're probably good... and that's assuming they have subtitles.
I pre-ordered it on Sunday, when amazon first listed it, before Shout Factory officially announced it, and it was initially listed at $ 111.99. I pre-ordered it not even knowing then what was even in it completely. But, now it's locked in at that price. The next day, after they announced it formally, it shot up to 150 bucks.
Any way to know if the Even Dwarfs Started Small commentary is the old DVD one with Crispin Glover fawning over and asking inane questions of Werner Herzog? Glover can be hard to take at times, but some of Herzog's statements are absolutely AMAZING, including his insistence that being packed in a prison cell with standing corpses was integral to the creation of the film.
If it's a new commentary, I'll be insanely curious to hear it. And I'll be keeping my old DVD to go back to some of my favorite anecdotes ever recorded.
I did the same thing. It was listed as a DVD set then, but I figured it was Amazon's mistake. Luckily the next day, after I pre-ordered at $111.99, nothing changed. I was nervous the whole thing would be re-listed correctly and the old one wouldn't be acknowledged, but alas.
Can't say for certain, but every English commentary listed is also from each older Anchor Bay DVD, so I hope that EVEN DWARFS will have the commentary you're talking about. I'll definitely be keeping the DVD if that commentary isn't resurrected for the Blu-ray -- it's definitely pretty incredible.
Thanks Grethiwa for the lowdown. Frustrating about the different films included. I thought pre-ording the UK set for 38 pounds was too good to be true. Already saw My Best Fiend, which pales in comparison to Kinski's hilarious autobiography, but would love to see those other 4 feature films (trying to console myslef IMAGINING they aren't Herzogs best). Would be great if BFI could do a volume 2 with the other films. Better stick with my UK pre-order and save $90. Torture.